Developers of the upcoming MMO, "Pirates of the Burning Sea" have inked a deal with Sony Online Entertainment both parties have announced today (www.burningsea.com - has the details).
How's that for typical reporter jargon?
Basically what's happening is that FL has at long last signed the deal that will bring the game to our PCs and get us playing. I know, I know, a lot of people would have you believe that SOE is the tortured spawn of Satan, but truth be told there's no better deal for the life of the game that we could have hoped for.
SOE will be handling the launcher, the retail distribution, billing, and advertising. Nothing with the actual way the game is played or works. That's specifically outlined in the deal. Sony's handling just the business end, in other words.
And what FL gets is a top-notch Online Games company to champion their title to the masses. With Sony's money and help, FL will be able to reach more people, do more with the game, and market it better than they ever could themselves.
I know the stigma about SOE, stemming directly from people who still hold hatred for the SWG debacle, but I don't care. To me that's just sour grapes a lot of people hold on the account of Sony when the order was really placed for the NGE by Lucasarts. In my eyes, Sony's not done anything to deserve the stink people give them.
So I, for one, am glad to see one of my most anticipated games get themselves a publisher... now open the floodgates and let me in, already.